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Undergraduate Research Awards

Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Awards

The following are this summer’s recipients of Undergraduate Research Awards.

Digital Humanity VR Project
Liam Bixby ’21, Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: Professor Bing Huang, Art and Art History

Across the Aisle
Olivia Braga ’20, Health Policy and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr.Todd Olszewski, Health Policy and Management

Providence College Through Artificial Reality
Ryan Britt ’21, Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Professor Bing Huang, Art and Art History

Women in Ancient Roman Literature: the Use of Mulier
Emily Conley ’20, Political Science and Classics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robin Greene, History and the Classics

Race, Class, and Politics in Newark N.J.
Fredson Desravines ’21, Global Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Natoschia Scruggs, Global Studies

Youth Homelessness and Rapid Re-Housing Programs in Rhode Island
Laura Fusco ’20,  Public and Community Service
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keith Morton, Public and Community Service

The Dialogue, Inclusion, and Democracy (DID) Wall
Quess-Symphonee Johnson ’21, Global Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Longo, Public and Community Service

Casteism in Indian Academia
Diana Mora Bermejo ’21, Global Studies and Health Policy and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Trina Vithayathil, Global Studies

Application of Black-Scholes Model in Option Pricing and Intangibles Assets
Giang Nguyen-Hoang ’20, Finance and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Shomberg, Mathematics

The Effects of Changes in US Refugee Policies on Domestic and International Refugee Practices
Mallory Pletzer ’21, Global Studies and Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Notaschia Scruggs, Global Studies

The Soviet Arc: The USS Buford and anti-Anarchist Sentiment in post-War America
Daniel Rooney ’21, American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, History and American Studies

Modeling Parkinsons Disease in the Budding Yeast, Saccharomyces
Yuri Takenaka ’21, Biology and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Fr. Nicanor Austriaco O.P., Biology

Residential Segregation by Caste in Indian Cities
Alicia Terrero ’21,  Global Studies and Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Trina Vithayathil, Global Studies

Nestorianism, the Luminous Religion, in China: Journey, Survival, Confusion, Compromise and Energy
Tianyi Yuan ’20, Theology and Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arthur Urbano, Theology

2018-19 Undergraduate Research Awards

The following are this year’s recipients of Undergraduate Research Awards.

Modernizing Classic Figures from the 20th Century
Olivia D’Elia ’19, Studio Art Photography
Faculty Mentor: Eric Sung, Photography

The Effect of  Social Role Theory and Gender Incongruence on Mate Desirability
Monica Morenz ’19, Management and Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eliane Boucher, Psychology

The Afro-Latina Experience: Rhode Island Healthcare and Afro-Latina Women
Sara Jean-Francois ’19, Psychology and Health Policy and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessica Mulligan, Health Policy and Management

The Impact of Disability Models on Disability Attitudes: An Investigation of Therapeutic Approaches to Treatment
Josette Tugander ’19, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary O’Keeffe, Psychology

Guppies as a genetic model for population fitness in dynamic environments
Sam Lomax ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Markert, Biology

You’re A Goodman Charlie Brown
Theodore Kiritsy ’19, Musical Theatre
Faculty Mentor: James Calitri, Theatre, Dance, and Film

Using Human Stem Cell Derived Kidney Organoids to Study Kidney Disease and Inflammation
Veronica Bohl ’20, Biology and Psychology
Victoria D’Agostino ’20, Biololgy
Truman Dunkley ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles Toth, Biology

Dog Designing and Evolution: The Good, The Bad, and The Genomics
Gregory Papas ’20, Psychology
Jordan Pagliuca ’21, Biology
Lauren Flynn ’21, Biology and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elisabeth Arevalo, Biology

Concerning Dinner
Isabella Christilles ’19, Studio Art
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Lacy, Art and Art History

A study of K2 Mycobacteriophages
Amy Conte ’19, Biochemistry
Colin Scano ’19, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Grace Grimaldi ’19, Biology
Fiona Anonuevo ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katheen A. Cornely, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Utilizing Mapping of Narragansett Bay to determine both the change in Eelgrass (Zostera marina) cover and the amount of the algal species present
Karalyn Falck ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Patrick Ewanchuk, Biology

Health Care Workers in Puerto Rico: Adversity and Resilience after Maria
Ann Gross Almonte ’19, Health Policy and Management
Lauren Guerra ’19, Health Policy and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessica Mulligan, Health Policy and Management

Modeling Parkinsons Disease in the Budding Yeast, Saccharomyces
Victoria Haak ’20
, Biology
Liam McDonough ’19, Biology
Yuri Takenake ’21, Biology
Alissa Pacheco ’21, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Biology

The Effect of Specific Prototype Matching on Interest in Science: a replication and extension
Rebecca Hardenstine ’19
, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eliane Boucher, Psychology

Mechanical Light
Michael Jimenez ’19
, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Theresa Moreau, Engineering-Physics-Systems

Solar Energy Policy Research
Kathleen Kuzmin ’19
, Economics
Giana Paolicelli ’20, Economics
Matthew Carlson ’20, Finance
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fang Dong, Economics

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy
Emma McLaughlin ’20
,  Applied Physics
Amelia Paladino ’19, Physics
Duncan McGinnis ’19, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Seth Ashman, Engineering-Physics-Systems

Contemporary Significance of Craft and Pattern
Jessica Rogers ’19
, Studio Art
Faculty Mentor: Judd Schiffman, Art and Art History

Solar Energy Project
Elijah Stewart ’21
, Engineering
Olivia Dickinson ’21, Applied Physics and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Seth Ashman, Engineering-Physics-Systems

When policy can mean life or death: The story of a woman living in Florida
Madeline Weil ’19
,  Health Policy and Management
Julia Scheuring ’21, Health Policy and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessica Mulligan, Health Policy and Management

Avian Elbow Mechanics
Briana Barns ’20
, English (Pre-Med)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Baier, Biology

Infusing Technology in the Classroom
Madeleine Clark ’19, 
Elementary and Special Education
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marcy Zipke, Elementary Education/Special Education

 A Locally Inspired Addendum to “Classic Beauty: 21st-Century Artists on Classical Form and Antiquity”
Melanie Frichhione
’19, Public and Community Service
Faculty Mentor: Jamilee Lacy, Art and Art History

IDH Gene Expression and DNA Repair of Drosophila
Samantha Nicodmus ’20
, Biology, Psychology, and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marla Tipping, Biology

What Remains: The Story of the Black Cab Tours of Belfast
Maura Wester ’19
, History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Darra Mulderry, History